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MLB News Notes and Mailbags: Week of 4/27-5/3

  • Herrera Chops Down Braves

During the Philadelphia Phillies weekend opener against the Atlanta Braves, Odeubel Herrera had a big night going 2-4 with 2 home runs and four rbi’s.

  • Yes, Votto Is Still Great

There isn’t much to say other than the man is an incredible talent, and we should all be glad we have gotten the chance to witness Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Stranger Things Happened In The A

The New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim played an incredibly odd game, to say the least on Friday night. A six-foot-wide strike zone for home plate umpire Adrian Porter. A botched tag up calls by second base umpire Angel “Inconsistent Strike Zone” Hernandez, to a game the Angels looked like the would win. To a Yankee comeback on the strength of their “Non-Home Run” hitting Shortstop Didi Gregorius. Who by the way, (as of Friday 4/27) was tied the second in the AL in home runs.

  • Nick Presiding Over His Kingham

The Pittsburgh Pirates called up rookie pitcher Nick Kingham to make the start Sunday morning against division rival the St. Louis Cardinals. Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning while striking out nine Cardinal batters. While Nick wouldn’t get the perfecto, He would pick up his first Big-League win with his seven scoreless innings of work.

  • Red Sox Reach 20

The Boston Red Sox are the first team this season to reach the 20-Wins plateau after snapping the Tampa Bay Rays eight-game winning streak. Boston has struggled in the recent weeks since their torrid start to the year. But they look to be a real contender and be in the division race all season.

  • Pollock Powers Three, DBacks Get 20

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock powers Arizona past the Dodgers on Monday night. A.J. hit 3 solo home runs on the way to becoming the fourth man so far in 2018 to accomplish the feat. It was also Pollock’s second multi-homer game of the season; both games came against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the Monday the Diamondbacks become the first NL team to win 20 games.

  • Hader’s Gonna K

The Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader came in early for the Brew Crew on Monday night. Hader came in for an 8-out save what made Hader’s outing special is that strikeouts recorded all eight outs.

  • Giles Gets KO’ed By Gary and Himself

In a 0-0 game in Houston, Tuesday night the Astros closer Ken Giles can in to face off against the Yankees looking to keep the game scoreless and let his guys come up and win in walk-off fashion. But the New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez had another idea. After Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius reached in a base on balls and a double respectively, Gary came up and his a deep drive to center field for a home run. Knocking Giles out of the game and that leads to this gem of a moment.

  • Salute To Yester-Year

Luis Severino pitched the best game of his young career when he shutout the defending World Champion Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Sevvy gave up just five hits, walked some batter and struck out ten for the first complete game of his career.

  • Mookie Making History

The Boston Red Sox have one of the games best players in Mookie Betts, and on Wednesday’s matinee game against the Kansas City Royals, Betts hit three home runs against KC starter Danny Duffy. What made this mark so special is that it was the fourth time in his career he accomplished this feat passing the legendary Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams for the most in team history.

  • Paxton K’s The World

“Big Maple” or better known by his given name James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners was pitching against the Oakland Athletics. Paxton struck out 16 A’s however his effort was futile as the Mariners still fell 3-2 to Oakland.

  • Ichiro Calls It A Mariner Career

On Thursday, following the Seattle Mariners final game of their current homestand, Ichiro Suzuki called it a Major League career. Ichi will transition into a special advisory role with the team for the rest of the season. Though Ichiro’s agent did say he is not officially retiring.

  • Braves Breaking Out

The Atlanta Braves are the 2018 version of the 2017 New York Yankees, in the fact that they are ahead of schedule. The Braves young players including the recently called up number one prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. The Braves have a lot of talented youngsters that have begun turning the corner into the players they will be for their careers. The Braves are 7-3 over their last 10 games and currently have a five-game winning streak. The Braves also now sit atop the NL East a game and a half up on the New York Mets.

  • Yankees Are On Fire

The New York Yankees have been playing an incredible stretch of baseball over the past couple of weeks. They are currently 9-1 over their last 10 games, and to look even further out they are 13-2 over their last 15 games. The Yankees have been able to close the gap in the division with the Red Sox on the strength of a full team effort. The Yankees pitching staff was also able to accomplish something remarkable against a very prolific offense in Houston. The Yankees pitching staff as a whole unit kept the dynamic Astros offense scoreless for 28 consecutive innings. The Yankees are getting great play on the field, and it has had them trending upward in the division race.

  • Near No-No For Teheran

Atlanta Braves ace Julio Teheran was pitching a gem against the New York Mets. Teheran carried a No-Hitter into the 7th inning against the Mets until a two-out double by Asdrubal Cabrera

  • Solarte’s Bloody Barrage

During the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians day-night doubleheader, Yangervis Solarte had himself a career day. Solarte collected eight hits between the two games and found himself on the losing end of a battle with the infield dirt on a slide into third base.

  • For King Albert, There Can Only Be One

Albert Pujols has had one of the most successful careers in the history of baseball. Albert is currently just one hit away from joining one of baseball’s most exclusive clubs, the 600 home run and 3000 hit club. Only members of this club is Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez and Pujols will look to join them tonight.

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